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Islamabad

345 Telenor Campus / Arcop (Pvt) Ltd.

19:00 - 27 July, 2018
Courtesy of Arcop
Courtesy of Arcop

© Irfan Naqi © Irfan Naqi © Irfan Naqi © Irfan Naqi + 27

6 Politically Motivated Cities Built From Scratch

10:30 - 31 March, 2015
6 Politically Motivated Cities Built From Scratch, Image of the planned new capital of Egypt, masterplanned by SOM. Image © SOM
Image of the planned new capital of Egypt, masterplanned by SOM. Image © SOM

Threatening to end Cairo’s 1,046 year dominance as the country’s capital, earlier this month the government of Egypt announced their intentions to create a new, yet-to-be-named capital city just east of New Cairo. The promise of the more than 270 square mile ‘new New Cairo’ has attracted headlines from around the world with its sheer scale; a $45 billion development of housing, shopping and landmarks designed to attract tourism from day one, including a theme park larger than Disneyland. And of course, the plans include the promise of homes - for at least 5 million residents in fact, with the vast number of schools, hospitals and religious and community buildings that a modern city requires - making the new capital of Egypt the largest planned city in history.

The idea of building a new capital city has appealed to governments across history; a way to wipe the slate clean, stimulate the economy and lay out your vision of the world in stone, concrete and parkland. Even old Cairo was founded as a purpose built capital, although admittedly urban planning has changed a little since then. It continues to change today; see the full list of different ways to build a totally new city after the break.

Image of the planned new capital of Egypt, masterplanned by SOM. Image © SOM Train station. Image © SOM Government District. Image © SOM Concept of Cairo's replacement by Skidmore, Owings and Merril. Image © SOM + 44

E7-2 House / Montage DESIGNBUILD

00:00 - 5 March, 2009
E7-2 House / Montage DESIGNBUILD

E7-2 House / Montage DESIGNBUILD E7-2 House / Montage DESIGNBUILD E7-2 House / Montage DESIGNBUILD E7-2 House / Montage DESIGNBUILD + 27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Budget

    US $202,500
  • Site Area

    1,000 sq yds
  • Area

    697.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2007